U.S. to hit 100M COVID-19 vaccines administered Friday, Biden says

U.S. to hit 100M COVID-19 vaccines administered Friday, Biden says

Biden said Thursday that "there was a lot that had to be done" when he took office.

Biden had pledged to deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

He said: "I'm proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met our goal".

In a Monday White House event on coronavirus relief, Biden stammered, "So I urge - I urge all local docs and - and ministers and priests and every - to talk about why - why it's important to get it - to get that vaccine, and even after that, until everyone is in fact vaccinated, to wear this mask".

Although Major and his elderly fellow German Shepherd companion Champ were sent back to the Biden family residence in DE after the biting incident, the president said this was more to do with the fact that First Lady Jill Biden was going to be away from the White House traveling. "Now because of all the work we've done, we'll have enough vaccine supply for all adults in America by the end of May". Aides believe that exceeding his goals breeds trust in government after the Trump administration's sometimes-fanciful rhetoric on the virus.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has not yet been authorised for use in the U.S. but has been by the World Health Organisation. "Over the next 10 days, we will reach two giant goals: One hundred million shots in people's arms and 100 million checks in people's pockets".

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But because there is no long-term data on any of the COVID-19 vaccines, any potential signal of trouble must be thoroughly investigated.

Biden says it's a time for optimism, but not a time for relaxation. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic.

Biden said the country's current pace of administering 2.5 million shots per day outpaces the rest of the world "significantly", and credited ramped up manufacturing and federal programs like the pharmacy program and mass vaccination centers for helping the nation achieve his initial goal.

As of Wednesday, the United States had administered more than 96 million shots since Biden was sworn into office, with an average of almost 2.5 million injections per day this past week, according to data compiled by NBC News. Vaccination trend lines pointed to Biden breaking the 100 million mark on Thursday, with the numbers likely to be confirmed by the CDC as soon as Friday.

At the time, the country had seen about 80,000 deaths from the virus.

The president said it's not a time for Americans to let their guard down regarding the virus. This week, the USA death toll topped 538,000.

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